The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

March 14, 2015 08:30 ET

Fraser Institute Report Card Spotlights Fastest Improving Elementary Schools in Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 14, 2015) - Across Alberta, 52 elementary schools showed significant improvement in their academic performance over the past five years, according to the Fraser Institute's annual school rankings released today.

The Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools 2015 ranks 813 public, separate, francophone, private, and charter schools based on seven academic indicators derived from provincewide test results.

"Parents have repeatedly shown they value the ability to track the performance of their child's school and compare it to other schools. In addition, our report card allows them to quickly and easily determine if their child's school is improving or worsening academically," said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.

Among the improvers are schools from every sector, located in rural towns and big cities, and serving students with differing challenges.

For example, the fastest improving school in the province- based on analysis of its results during the most recent five years - is Duchess, a public school located in the small southern Alberta community of Duchess. The school's overall rating has steadily improved to 8.0 (out of 10) in 2014 from 2.2 in 2010.

Another school which showed marked improvement was Edmonton's Hazeldean School. Despite over 50 per cent of its Grade 6 class having special needs, Hazeldean students earned a score of 5.9 in 2014 - more than double its rating five years ago.

"It doesn't matter where a school is located or what obstacles its students face, the results consistently show that improvement is possible," Cowley said.

"Educators at the 52 improving schools should be applauded for their success. Conversely, parents at declining schools should be asking the principal what is being done to reverse the trend."

Detailed results of all 813 schools can be found at Visitors to the site can quickly and easily see how a school is doing over the last five years on any of the seven indicators of academic performance as well as the overall rating. Comparisons among schools are also easily made.

The complete Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools 2015, is also available as a free pdf.

Report card author Peter Cowley will be in Calgary and available for media interviews on Saturday and Sunday.

Fastest improving schools in the report card:

School Affiliation Location
Duchess Public Duchess
Buffalo Head Prairie Public Buffalo Head Prairie
Guy Weadick Public Calgary
Holy Cross Separate Cold Lake
Belvedere Public Edmonton
Sweet Grass Public Edmonton
John A. McDougall Public Edmonton
Hazeldean Public Edmonton
Grandin Separate Edmonton
Greenview Public Edmonton

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